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Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual

Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual

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4-8-8 Nakameguro, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo 153-8644, Japan
US Headquarters
10900 Walker Street, Cypress, CA 90630, U.S.A.
P.O. Box 75525, 1118 ZN Schiphol, The Netherlands
Unit 12, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB, U.K.
Unit 5, 20/F., Seaview Centre, 139-141 Hoi Bun Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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  • Page 1 4-8-8 Nakameguro, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo 153-8644, Japan VERTEX STANDARD US Headquarters 10900 Walker Street, Cypress, CA 90630, U.S.A. YAESU EUROPE B.V. P.O. Box 75525, 1118 ZN Schiphol, The Netherlands YAESU UK LTD. Unit 12, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB, U.K.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    General Description ... 1 Accessories & Options ... 2 Controls & Connections ... 3 Top & Front Panel ... 3 LCD ... 4 Side & Bottom Panel ... 5 Keypad ... 6 Installation of Accessories ... 8 Antenna Installation ... 8 Belt Clip &...
  • Page 3: General Description

    The VX-6R’s small size allows you to take it anywhere - hiking, skiing, or while walking around town - and its operating flexibility brings the user many avenues of operating enjoy- ment.
  • Page 4: Accessories & Options

    Consult your Yaesu dealer for details regarding these and any newly-available options. Connec- tion of any non-Yaesu-approved accessory, should it cause damage, may void the Limited Warranty on this apparatus.
  • Page 5: Controls & Connections

    This four-conductor miniature jack provides connec- tion points for microphone audio, earphone audio, PTT, and ground. Do not allow the VX-6R to become submerged in water while the plastic cover over the MIC/SP jack is removed. VOL Knob This control adjusts the audio volume level. Clockwise rotation increases the volume level.
  • Page 6: Lcd

    Secondary Keypad Active Operating Mode Memory Channel Number Repeater Shift Direction CTCSS/DSC Operation Automatic Power-Off Active Key Lock Active Bell Alarm Active Battery Indicator S- & PO Meter Emergency Automatic ID (EAI) Feature Active VX-6R O Internet Connection Feature Active Operating Frequency...
  • Page 7: Side & Bottom Panel

    This coaxial DC jack allows connection to an external DC power source (6-16V DC). The center pin of this jack is the Positive (+) connection. Do not allow the VX-6R to become submerged in water while the rubber cap over the EXT DC jack is removed.
  • Page 8 Selects the Memory Scan “Skip” channel- selection mode Stores the current setting into Direct Memory Recall Channel “5” Frequency entry digit “7” “8” Activates the EAI (Emergency Automatic ID) feature Stores the current setting into Direct Memory Recall Channel “8” VX-6R O...
  • Page 9 Tune” mode while in mode the Memory Recall Stores the current setting into Direct Activates the Priority Memory Recall (Dual Watch) function Channel “9” VX-6R O & C Primary Function and Wide FM Secondary Function DCS Operation Third Function Search mode Primary Function “0”...
  • Page 10: Installation Of Accessories

    If using an external antenna for transmission, ensure that the SWR presented to the transceiver is 1.5:1 or lower, to avoid excessive feedline loss. & H VX-6R O...
  • Page 11: Installation Of Fnb-80Li Battery Pack

    When charging is finished, the display will change to indicate CHGFUL ” and the TX/BUSY indicator will glow green. “ AC line Outlet NC-72 VX-6R O FNB-80LI B ,” and the TX/BUSY indicator will glow red, while the E-DC-5B E-DC-6...
  • Page 12: Installation Of Fba-23 Battery Case

    1) The FBA-23 is designed for use only with AA-type Alkaline cells. 2) If you do not use the VX-6R for a long time, remove the Alkaline batteries from the FBA-23, as battery leakage could cause damage to the FBA-23 and/or the transceiver.
  • Page 13: Interface Of Packet Tncs

    The audio level from the receiver to the TNC may be adjusted by using the VOL knob, as with voice operation. The input level to the VX-6R from the TNC may be adjusted via Set Mode Item 37: MCGAIN ;...
  • Page 14: Operation

    Pack has been detected. After this 2-second interval, the display will resume its normal indication of the operating frequency. 3. To turn the VX-6R off, press and hold in the POWER switch again for one second. 1) If you don’t hear the two “Beep” tones when the radio comes on, the Beeper may have been disabled via the Menu system.
  • Page 15: Squelch Adjustment

    The VX-6R’s Squelch system allows you to mute the background noise when no signal is being received. Not only does the Squelch system make “standby” operation more pleas- ant, it also significantly reduces battery current consumption. The Squelch system may be adjusted independently for the FM and Wide-FM (FM Broad- cast) modes.
  • Page 16: Selecting The Operating Band

    When receiving in the AM Broadcast or Shortwave bands (0.5-30 MHz), we recommend that you connect an external antenna, for improved reception. The VX-6R will initially be operating in the “VFO” mode, a channelized system which allows free tuning throughout the currently-selected operating band.
  • Page 17 To enter a frequency from the keypad, just press the numbered digits on the keypad in the proper sequence. There is no “Decimal point” key on the VX-6R, so if the frequency is below 100 MHz (e.g. 15.150 MHz), any required leading zeroes must be entered. How- ever, there is a short-cut for frequencies ending in zero - press the [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] key after the last non-zero digit.
  • Page 18: Transmission

    Once you have set up an appropriate frequency inside one of the 144 MHz, 222 MHz , or 430 MHz Amateur bands on which the VX-6R can transmit, you’re ready to go on the air! These are the most basic steps; more advanced aspects of transmitter operation will be dis- cussed later (222 MHz: USA version only).
  • Page 19: Changing The Transmit Power Level

    Changing the Transmitter Power Level You can select between a total of four transmitter power levels on your VX-6R. The exact power output will vary somewhat, depending on the volt- age supplied to the transceiver. With the standard FNB- 80LI Battery Pack and external DC source, the power out-...
  • Page 20: Changing The Microphone Gain Level

    Different operators speak at different voice levels, and speak at varying distances from the radio’s microphone. So as to compensate for these differences, the VX-6R includes a Mi- crophone Gain control, that allows you to set the Microphone Gain to the best level ac- cording to your operating preferences.
  • Page 21: Am Aircraft Reception

    “thirty-two, forty-two” corresponds to an operat- ing frequency of 132.425 MHz. FM B The VX-6R also includes provision for reception in the FM broadcast band, utilizing a wide-bandwidth filter which provides excellent fidelity. To Activate FM Broadcast Reception 1.
  • Page 22: Advanced Operation

    Now that you’re mastered the basics of VX-6R operation, let’s learn more about some of the really neat features. In order to prevent accidental frequency change or inadvertent transmission, various as- pects of the VX-6R’s DIAL and keypad may be locked out. The possible lockout combina-...
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Keypad Beeper Volume Level

    6. To turn the beep back on again, select “ON” in step 4 above. Your VX-6R includes a reddish illumination lamp which aids in nighttime operation. The reddish illumination yields clear viewing of the display in a dark environment, with mini- mal degradation of your night vision.
  • Page 24: Changing The Channel Steps

    (“AUTO”), any number of which may be important to your operating requirements. The VX-6R is set up at the factory in the “AUTO” configuration, which probably is satisfactory for most operation. However, if you need to change the channel step increments, the procedure to do so is very easy.
  • Page 25: Rf Squelch

    S9+, or OFF). 5. Press the PTT switch to save the new setting and return to normal operation. The VX-6R’s microprocessor includes programming which will measure the current bat- tery voltage. 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 26: Repeater Operation

    The VX-6R includes a number of features which make repeater operation simple and enjoyable. Your VX-6R has been configured, at the factory, for the repeater shifts customary in your country. For the 144 MHz band shift will be 600 kHz and 222 MHz band (USA version only) shift will be 1.6 MHz;...
  • Page 27: Manual Repeater Shift Activation

    To do this, follow the procedure below: 1. Set the VX-6R’s frequency to the band on which you wish to change the default re- peater shift (144 MHz or 430 MHz Amateur Band). 2. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 28 The configuration of this key may be set either to “RV” (for checking the input frequency of a repeater), or “HM” (for instant switching to the “Home” channel for the band you are operating on). To change the configuration of this key, use Set Mode Item 28: HM/RV. See page 45. VX-6R O...
  • Page 29: Ctcss/Dcs Operation

    3. Rotation of the DIAL knob one more “click” in step “2” above will cause the “ notation to appear. When “ system is active, which mutes your VX-6R’s receiver until it receives a call from another radio sending out a matching CTCSS tone. This can help keep your radio quiet until a specific call is received, which may be helpful while operating in congested areas of the band.
  • Page 30: Dcs Operation

    CTCSS. The DCS Encoder/Decoder is built into your VX-6R, and operation is very similar to that just described for CTCSS. Your repeater system may be configured for DCS;...
  • Page 31: Dcs Code Inversion

    Code). 4. When you have made your selection, press the PTT switch to save the new setting and exit to normal operation. 5. Remember to restore the default setting to “ VX-6R O CTCSS/DCS O DCS O DCS C DCS RV ENABLE ”...
  • Page 32: Ctcss/Dcs Bell Operation

    CTCSS/DCS O CTCSS/DCS B During CTCSS Decode or DCS operation, you may set up the VX-6R such that a ringing “bell” sound alerts you to the fact that a call is coming in. Here is the procedure for activat- ing the CTCSS/DCS Bell: 1.
  • Page 33: Tone Search Scanning

    “ Tone Search scanning speed, using Set Mode Item 69: Tone Scanning works either in the VFO or Memory modes. VX-6R O CTCSS/DCS O ” will appear on the display; in the case of DCS, .” See page 102 for details. You can also change the TS SPD .”...
  • Page 34: Split Tone Operation

    CTCSS/DCS O The VX-6R can be operated in a Split Tone configuration via the Set mode. 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode. 2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 58: SPLIT.
  • Page 35: Memory Mode

    The VX-6R provides a wide variety of memory system resources. These include: Regular Memory Channels, which made up of: 900 “Standard” memory channels, numbered “ 99 “Frequency Skip Memory” channels, numbered “ 11 “Home” channels, providing storage and quick recall of one prime frequency on each operating band.
  • Page 36: Memory Storage

    2. Turn to the desired transmit (uplink) frequency, then press and hold in the [ F/W ] key for one second. 3. Within five seconds of releasing the [ F/W ] key, rotate the DIAL knob to select the same memory channel number as used in step “1” above. [V/M(DW)MT]. You may also desig- VX-6R O...
  • Page 37: Memory Recall

    8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 to program the remaining letters, numbers, or symbols of the VX-6R O [ 4 ] [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] .
  • Page 38 To display the alpha-numeric “Tag” (label): 1. Set the VX-6R to the “MR” (Memory Recall) mode, and recall the memory channel on which you wish to display its label. 2. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 39: Memory Offset Tuning

    Once you have recalled a particular memory channel, you may easily tune off that channel, as though you were in the “VFO” mode. 1. With the VX-6R in the “MR” (Memory Recall) mode, select the desired memory channel. 2. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] key to acti- vate the “Memory Tuning”...
  • Page 40: Moving Memory Data To The Vfo

    To place the radio into the Memory Only mode, turn the radio off. Now, press and hold in the [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] key while turning the radio on. To return to normal operation, repeat the above power-on procedure. ( LK ) TXPO ] key. VX-6R O...
  • Page 41: Home Channel Memory

    The UHF HOME channel is the one used during “Emer- gency Channel Operation.” See page 62 for details regarding this feature. VX-6R O USA Version USA V BC Band SW Band 50 MHz Ham Band FM BC Band Air Band 108.000 MHz...
  • Page 42: Memory Bank Operation

    The large number of memories available in the VX-6R could be difficult to utilize without some means of organizing them. Fortunately, the VX-6R includes provision for dividing the memories into as many as 24 Memory Banks, so you can categorize the memories in a manner convenient to you.
  • Page 43 9. When you have programmed a name which is under 6 characters, press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to confirm the label. 10. When you have completed the changing of the name, press the PTT key to save the label and exit. VX-6R O ( LK ) TXPO ] key to...
  • Page 44: Direct Memory Recall Channel

    144.000 MHz 440.000 MHz [ 6 ] 144.000 MHz 446.000 MHz [ 7 ] 144.000 MHz 222.000 MHz [ 8 ] 144.000 MHz 0.540 MHz [ 9 ] 144.000 MHz 88.000 MHz [ 0 ] 120.000 MHz 144.000 MHz VX-6R O...
  • Page 45: Short-Wave Broadcast Station Memory Channels

    Radio Denmark 15.735 DENMRK Radio Denmark 9.780 PORTGL Radio Portugal 11.960 PORTGL Radio Portugal 15.555 PORTGL Radio Portugal 21.655 PORTGL Radio Portugal VX-6R O FREQ ”). Freq. MODE (MHz) 7.270 9.520 11.920 15.585 6.090 7.485 9.590 9.985 13.800 6.065 9.490 13.625...
  • Page 46: Weather Broadcast Channels

    1050 Hz tone and subsequent weather report on one of the NOAA weather channels. See page 55 for details regarding activation of this mode. U. S. V 162.550 MHz 162.500 MHz 165.400 MHz 165.525 MHz 162.475 MHz 161.650 MHz 162.425 MHz 161.775 MHz 162.450 MHz 163.275 MHz VX-6R O...
  • Page 47: Vhf-Marine Channels

    157.600 156.675 157.650 156.725 157.700 157.750 157.800 156.875 157.850 156.925 157.900 156.975 157.950 157.025 158.000 157.075 VX-6R O VHF M VHF M Frequency Frequency ( MHz ) ( MHz ) 157.125 159.075 157.175 159.100 157.225 159.125 157.275 159.150 157.325 159.175 157.375...
  • Page 48: Scanning

    The VX-6R allows you to scan just the memory channels, the entire operating band, or a portion of that band. It will halt on signals encountered, so you can talk to the station(s) on that frequency, if you like. Scanning operation is basically the same in each of the above modes. Before you begin, take a moment to select the way in which you would like the scanner to resume scanning after it halts on a signal.
  • Page 49 “Tag” will appear while you are selecting the bandwidth for the VFO scanner. 1) When you start the VFO Scanner, the VX-6R will be changing frequency in the upward direction. If you want to change direction of the scan while it is underway, rotate the DIAL knob one click in the opposite direction (in this case, one click counter-clockwise).
  • Page 50: Vfo Scanning

    Setting the Squelch Level during active Scanning Operation The VX-6R allows adjustment of the Squelch level “on the fly” while you are scanning. 1. While the scanner is engaged, press the [ F/W ] key, then press the MONI key (the current squelch level (e.g.
  • Page 51: Memory Scanning

    Here is the procedure for skipping certain memories during scanning: 1. Recall the Memory Channel to be skipped during scanning. 2. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode. VX-6R O...
  • Page 52: Preferential Memory Scan

    To re-institute a channel into the scanning loop, select “ Preferential Memory Scan The VX-6R also allows you to set up a “Preferential Scan List” of channels which you can “flag” within the memory system. These channels are designated by a blinking “ ” icon when you have selected them, one by one, for the Preferential Scan List.
  • Page 53: Memory Bank Scan

    6. Now, press and hold in the [ BAND ( SCN ) BND DN ] key for one second to initiate the Memory Bank Link Scan. 7. To remove a Memory Bank from the Memory Bank Link Scan, repeat steps 2 and 3 above, to delete the blinking “ ” icon from the Memory Bank number indication. VX-6R O...
  • Page 54: Programmable (Band Limit) Memory Scan (Pms)

    Please be sure only to store limit frequencies which are on the same band and set to the same frequency steps in both the upper and lower frequency limit memories. .” Scanning and tuning will now be limited within the L1/U1 through VX-6R O (the “U” designates the are available.
  • Page 55: Priority Channel" Scanning (Dual Watch)

    Priority channel while recalling the channel. Now set the VX-6R for operation on another memory channel, Home channel, or on a VFO frequency. 5. Press and hold in the [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] key for one second. The display will remain on the VFO or memory channel selected;...
  • Page 56: Automatic Lamp Illumination On Scan Stop

    5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the setting and exit to normal operation. The VX-6R will automatically “beep” when a band edge is encountered during scanning (either in standard VFO scanning or during PMS operation). You may also enable this feature (band edge beeper) to sound the beeper when the frequency reaches the band edge while tuning using the DIAL knob.
  • Page 57: Weather Alert Scan

    NOAA Alert Tone while operating using VFO scan or Memory channel scan. When the Weather Alert Scan feature is engaged, the VX-6R will check the Weather Broad- cast Memory Channels for activity every five seconds while scanning. If you watch the display carefully, you’ll observe the scanner periodically shifting to the Weather Broadcast...
  • Page 58: Smart Search Operation

    LCD will revert to Smart Search Memory Chan- nel “ .” 6. To recall the Smart Search memories, rotate the DIAL knob to choose from among the ”), the Smart Search scan will eventually S SRCH VX-6R O...
  • Page 59 Smart Search is a great tool when visiting a city for the first time. You don’t need to spend hours looking up repeater frequencies from a reference guide- book. . .just ask your VX-6R where the action is! VX-6R O...
  • Page 60: Channel Counter Operation

    The VX-6R performs a high-speed search within a ±5 MHz range from the frequency displayed on the LCD. When the strongest signal in that range is identified, the VX-6R displays the frequency of that (strongest) signal, and writes it into the special “Channel Counter”...
  • Page 61 3. Press the [ F/W ] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item. 4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired bandwidth. 5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the setting and exit to normal operation. VX-6R O CH CNT...
  • Page 62: Epcs (Enhanced Paging & Code Squelch)

    EPCS E The VX-6R includes an Enhanced CTCSS tone encoder/decoder and a dedicated micro- processor providing paging and selective calling feature. This allows you to place a call to a specific station (Paging), and to receive calls of your choice directed only to you (Code Squelch).
  • Page 63: Activating The Enhanced Paging & Code Squelch System

    See page 30 for details. Paging Answer Back When you press the PTT switch to respond to a page call, the VX-6R transmits the same CTCSS tone pair. This tone pair will open the Code Squelch of the calling station. If you prefer, you can have the VX-6R respond to page calls automatically (“transpond”).
  • Page 64: Emergency Feature

    The Emergency Automatic ID (EAI) Feature has two operating modes: (1) Interval mode and (2) Continuous mode. In the Interval mode, when the VX-6R receives the CTCSS tone pair which is stored in the Receiving Pager Code Memory (configured via Set Mode Item 45: frequency which is stored in Memory Channel “...
  • Page 65: Selecting The Eai Mode And Its Transmit Time

    NOT necessary for the incapacitated person to press the PTT switch. In the Continuous mode, when the VX-6R receives the CTCSS tone pair which is stored in the Receiving Pager Code Memory (configured via Set Mode Item 45: the frequency which is stored in Memory Channel “...
  • Page 66: To Locate An Unresponsive Operator Using The Eai Feature

    [8(EAI)] key. This key function is used to locate an unresponsive operator, described in the next chapter. 2) The VX-6R will ignore the EAI feature when the (1) the squelch is open, (2) there is an incoming the signal on the operating frequency, (3) the operating frequency is the same as the frequency which is stored in the Memory Channel “EAI,”...
  • Page 67: Arts (Automatic Range Transponder System)

    “ polling code was received in response to yours. 4. Press the [ F/W ] key momentarily to exit ARTS™ operation and resume normal func- tioning of the transceiver. VX-6R O OUTRNG ” in which ARTS™ operation begins. ” indication.
  • Page 68 4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired ARTS™ Beep mode (see above). 5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT switch to save the new setting and exit to normal operation. AR INT AR BEP VX-6R O...
  • Page 69: Cw Identifier Setup

    You may check your work by monitoring the entered callsign. To do this, repeat steps 1- 7 above, then press the [F/W] key. VX-6R O CW ID ” (to enable the CW • ) is among the available characters, should you be a...
  • Page 70: Sensor Mode

    The VX-6R can display the radio’s inside-the-case temperature, measured by internal sen- sors. Also, when the optional Barometric Pressure unit (SU-1) is installed, you get the unique capability of providing readout of the current barometric pressure. This informa- tion is then used for calculation of your current altitude.
  • Page 71: Selecting And Correcting The Atmospheric Pressure Meter

    5. Press the [ F/W ] key momentarily to enable correction of the At- mospheric Pressure Meter. 6. Rotate the DIAL knob to adjust the VX-6R display to the reading on your calibrated barometer. 7. Press the PTT switch to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
  • Page 72: Internet Connection Feature

    The VX-6R can be used to access a “node” (repeater or base station) which is tied into the Vertex Standard WIRES™ (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) net- work. Details may be found at the WIRES-II Web site: en/. This feature may also be used to access other systems, as described below.
  • Page 73: Frg ("Friendly Radio Group") Mode

    17. Repeat steps 1 through 16 to store other access codes, if so desired. 18. Press the PTT switch to save the setting and exit to normal operation. VX-6R O INT.SET ” (representing DTMF “#”:...
  • Page 74 DTMF string (to establish the link to the desired Internet- link mode). 9. To return to the WIRES™ mode, repeat steps 1 - 5 above, selecting “ ) corresponding to the Internet link ” INT MD ” (thus ” in step 4. VX-6R O...
  • Page 75: Dtmf Operation

    The VX-6R’s 16-button keypad allows easy DTMF dialing for Autopatch, repeater con- trol, or Internet-link access purposes. Besides numerical digits [ 0 ] through [ 9 ] , the keypad includes the [ ] and [ # ] digits, plus the [ A ] , [ B ] , [ C ] , and [ D ] tones often used for repeater control.
  • Page 76 “on the air” until the DTMF string is completed. 4. To disable the DTMF Autodialer, press the [ F/W ] key, followed by the the [ 3 ( DTMF )] key, then rotate the DIAL knob to select “ MANUAL .” VX-6R O...
  • Page 77: Cw Training Feature

    The VX-6R provides a CW Training feature, which sends random Morse Code via the sidetone (heard in the speaker), so you can inprove your CW proficiency. 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 78: Miscellaneous Settings

    The VX-6R provides a password feature which can minimize the chance that your trans- ceiver could be used by an unauthorized party. When the password feature is activated, the radio will ask for the four digit password to be entered when the radio is first turned on. You must enter the four digit password from the keypad.
  • Page 79: Programming The "P" Key

    4. Now you can recall this preferred Set Mode Item by simply pressing the [ P ( DMR )] key momentarily. An important feature of the VX-6R is its Receive Battery Saver, which “puts the radio to sleep” for a time interval, periodically “waking it up” to check for activity. If somebody is talking on the channel, the VX-6R will remain in the “active”...
  • Page 80: Wakeup Feature Setup

    You may cancel the Wakeup feature temporarily by pressing the PWR switch while the Wakeup feature is engaged. ” will appear on the LCD). ” in step 4 above. ” notation will disap- WAKEUP ”) for activity. ”) every 5 seconds. If a properly- VX-6R O...
  • Page 81: Tx Battery Saver

    The VX-6R also includes a useful Transmit Battery Saver, which will automatically lower the power output level when the last signal received was very strong. For example, when you are in the immediate vicinity of a repeater station, there generally is no reason to use the High Power output selection in order to achieve full-quieting access to the repeater.
  • Page 82: Disabling The Tx/Busy Indicator

    Further battery conservation may be accomplished by disabling the BUSY indicator which appears while the VX-6R is receiving a signal. Use the following procedure: 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 83: Automatic Power-On Feature

    The VX-6R also includes the capability to turn itself on after a programmed time interval. 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode. 2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 41: 3.
  • Page 84: Busy Channel Lock-Out (Bclo)

    Remember that BCLO is controlled by the Noise Squelch; if you have DCS or TSQ engaged, BCLO will inhibit transmission if a station is on frequency but not transmitting the proper tone; BCLO will thus prevent you from interfer- ing with the other station's transmission. BCLO BCLO ” (thus VX-6R O...
  • Page 85: Transmitter Time-Out Timer (Tot)

    The VX-6R includes a simple method of accomplishing this: 1. Press the [ F/W ] key, then press the [ 0 ( SET )] key to enter the Set mode.
  • Page 86 VX-6R O...
  • Page 87: Reset Procedures

    2. Press and hold in the [ MODE ( SP S ) SQ TYP ] and [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] keys while turn- ing the radio on. 3. Press the [ F/W ] key momentarily to reset the Set (Menu) mode settings to their factory defaults (press any other key to cancel the Reset procedure). VX-6R O...
  • Page 88: Cloning

    The VX-6R includes a convenient “Clone” feature, which allows the memory and configu- ration data from one transceiver to be transferred to another VX-6R. This can be particu- larly useful when configuring a number of transceivers for a public service operation. Here is the procedure for Cloning one radio’s data to another:...
  • Page 89: Set (Menu) Mode

    The VX-6R Set Mode, already described in parts of many previous chapters, is easy to activate and set. It may be used for configuration of a wide variety of transceiver param- eters, some of which have not been detailed previously. Use the following procedure to activate the Set Mode: 1.
  • Page 91 73 [ WX ALT ] Enables/Disables the Weather Alert Scan feature. 1: Depends on the transceiver version. 2: Depends on the frequency band. 3: Requires optional SU-1. VX-6R O OFF / 00H10M (00:10) - 24H00M (24:00) (10 minutes multiples) DC / MSG / OFF...
  • Page 92 (CON. 5M) 26 [EMG S] BP+STR / BEAM / BP+BEM / CW / BP+CW / BEEP / STROBE 43 [PAGER] OFF / ON 44 [PAG.ABK] OFF / ON (05 _ 47) 45 [PAG.CDR] (05 _ 47) 46 [PAG.CDT] VX-6R O...
  • Page 93 Enables or disables the VFO band edge limiting for the current band. 1: Depends on the frequency band. 2: Depends on the transceiver version. 3: Requires optional SU-1. VX-6R O 7 [BEEP] ON / OFF 9 [BP LVL] LVL 1 - LVL 9 (LVL 5) 11 [BSY.LED]...
  • Page 94 Default: OFF Set Mode Item 7 BEEP Function: Enables/Disables the keypad beeper. Available Values: ON/OFF Default: ON Set Mode Item 8 BELL Function: Selects the number of CTCSS/DCS Bell ringer repetitions. Available Values: OFF/1/3/5/8/CONT (Continuous ringing) Default: OFF VX-6R O...
  • Page 95 Available Values: OFF/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/15/17/20/24/30/40 WPM or OFF/20/25/30/35/40/45/50/55/60/65/75/85/100/120/150/200 CPM Default: OFF Note: To switch units between “WPM” and “CPM,” just press the [ V/M ( DW ) MT ] key. Set Mode Item 16 DC VLT Function: Indicates the DC Supply Voltage. VX-6R O...
  • Page 96 445 446 452 454 455 462 464 465 466 503 506 516 523 526 532 546 565 606 612 624 627 631 632 654 662 664 703 712 723 731 732 734 743 754 – – VX-6R O – – – –...
  • Page 97 HOME: Pressing the [ HM/RV ( EMG ) R/H ] key instantly recalls a favorite “Home” chan- nel. Set Mode Item 29 INT CD Function: Selects the Access Number (DTMF digit) for WIRES Available Values: DTMF 1 - DTMF F Default: DTMF 1 VX-6R O operation.
  • Page 98 MONI: Pressing the MONI switch causes the Noise/Tone Squelch to be over-ridden, allowing you to listen for weak (or non-encoded) signals. T-CALL: Pressing the MONI switch activates a 1750-Hz burst tone, used for repeater access in many countries (especially in Europe). VX-6R O...
  • Page 99 See page 35 for details. Set Mode Item 41 ON TMR Function: Set the ON Timer time. Available Values: OFF/00H10M (00:10) - 24H00M (24:00) (10 minutes multiples) Default: OFF The ON Timer turns on the radio at the programmed time. VX-6R O...
  • Page 100 Function: Setting the Receiver Pager Code for the Enhanced CTCSS Paging & Code Squelch. See page 60 for details. Set Mode Item 46 PAG.CDT Function: Setting the Transmitting Pager Code for the Enhanced CTCSS Paging & Code Squelch. See page 60 for details. VX-6R O...
  • Page 101 Function: Selects the receiving mode. Available Values: AUTO/N-FM/AM/W-FM Default: AUTO (Mode automatically changes according to operating frequency) Set Mode Item 53 RXSAVE Function: Selects the Receive-mode Battery Saver interval (“sleep” ratio) Available Values: 200 MS(1:1)/300 MS(1:1.5)/500 MS(1:2.5)/1 S(1:5)/2 S(1:10)/OFF Default: 200 MS VX-6R O...
  • Page 102 “RV TN” parameter while configuring Set Mode Item 60: SQL.TYP. D CODE: DCS Encode only. T DCS: Encodes a CTCSS tone and Decodes a DCS code. D TONE: Encodes a DCS code and Decodes a CTCSS tone. Select the desired operating mode from the selections shown above. VX-6R O...
  • Page 103 ” will be displayed if the SU-1 is not installed. Note: “ Set Mode Item 64 SU1.SET Function: Selects the display of the sensor units’ information. Available Values: OFF/BARO/ALTI Default: OFF Note: The barometric pressure (BARO) and altitude (ALTI) information require the op- tional SU-1. VX-6R O...
  • Page 104 123.0 127.3 131.8 136.5 141.3 146.2 151.4 156.7 159.8 162.2 165.5 167.9 171.3 173.8 177.3 179.9 183.5 186.2 189.9 192.8 196.6 199.5 203.5 206.5 210.7 218.1 225.7 229.1 233.6 241.8 250.3 254.1 – – VX-6R O 77.0 79.7 94.8 97.4 114.8 118.8 –...
  • Page 105 Set Mode Item 72 WAKEUP Function: Available Values: OFF/5S/10S/20S/30S/EAI Default: OFF Set Mode Item 73 WX ALT Function: Enables/Disables the Weather Alert Scan feature. Available Values: OFF/ON Default: OFF VX-6R O...
  • Page 106 –4 ºF to 140 ºF (–20 °C to +60 °C) 2.3” (W) x 3.5” (H) x 1.1” (D) (58 x 89 x 28.5 mm) (W/O knob, antenna, and belt clip) 9.5 Oz (270 g) with FNB-80LI, and antenna VX-6R O...
  • Page 107: Specifications

    Specifications are subject to change without notice, and are guaranteed within the 144, 222, and 430 MHz amateur bands only. Frequency ranges will vary according to transceiver version; check with your dealer. VX-6R O High 144 MHz/430 MHz 5.0 W 222 MHz 1.5 W...
  • Page 108: Auto" Mode Preset Operating Parameters

    20 kHz 800.000 - 999.000 12.5 kHz 100 kHz 12.5 kHz 25 kHz 12.5 kHz 50 kHz 12.5 kHz VX-6R O ( MH ) 9 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 100 kHz 25 kHz 12.5 kHz 25 kHz 12.5 kHz...
  • Page 109 The Barometric Pressure/Altitude features of the optional SU-1 are designed to be supplemental aids for the information of the user, and are not intended to be a substitute for accurate, calibrated Barometer or Altimeter devices used for naviga- tion critical to personal safety. VX-6R O Important note SU-1 O...
  • Page 110 VX-6R O...
  • Page 111 1. Changes or modifications to this device not expressly approved by VERTEX STANDARD could void the user’s authorization to operate this device. 2. This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference including received, interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 112 Copyright 2005 Printed in Japan VERTEX STANDARD CO., LTD. All rights reserved. No portion of this manual may be reproduced without the permission of VERTEX STANDARD CO., LTD. 0503I-AM...

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